Maplewood will unveil a rainbow crosswalk for LGBT Pride month

Maplewood, NJ Rainbow Crosswalk was installed on Wednesday, June 6, 2018. Photo by Chad Hunt
Maplewood, NJ Rainbow Crosswalk was installed on Wednesday, June 6, 2018. Photo by Chad Hunt at
Maplewood, NJ Rainbow Crosswalk was installed on Wednesday

The Township of Maplewood will unveil permanent rainbow striped crosswalks on Valley Street and Oakview Road tonight. No town in New Jersey has yet done so say the organizers. And few towns or cities around the world have done so permanently. All four crosswalks on Valley and Oakview were striped on Wednesday.

It marks Maplewood as one of the most welcoming and progressive communities in New Jersey. The unveiling and dedication of the rainbow crosswalks are part of Maplewood and South Orange’s month long celebration of Pride throughout June 2018.

The unveiling celebration will begin at 6:30pm at the Maplewood Town Hall, 574 Valley Street, Maplewood, NJ at 7pm. Speakers will be on the steps of Town Hall. There will be rainbow sherbet, face painting, balloons, DJ/dancing, and other family fun on the lawn. Rainbow ribbon cutting will occur at approximately 7pm.

The rainbow croswalk will mark Maplewood and South Orange’s commitment to inclusion

“We wanted to do something that would serve as a permanent marker or symbol of our commitment to inclusion,” said Maplewood Township Committeemen, Dean Dafis. “We wanted it to be something you can encounter every day. We wanted our youth in particular — perhaps those struggling to find their way, those in need of empowerment and affirmation — to proudly cross or walk over their fear and self doubt.  We wanted to showcase Maplewood to the county, state, and the world. We are proud!”

Maplewood Township Committeemen Dean Dafis is the first openly gay Maplewood Township Committee member.

More at Maplewood website.